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Friday in Hawkville: Weathering the weather, and the Giants

Posted Dec 13, 2013

The Seahawks got in a needed outside practice Friday in their final full session before Sunday’s game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium, where it will be cold and could snow.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 13 – (Blue) Friday the 13th – when the Seahawks flew to New Jersey for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants after a midday practice:

WORD OF THE DAY: BRRRRR

The players practiced outside in chilly temperatures and a thick mist Friday after working in the indoor practice facility Wednesday and Thursday, and the exposure to the elements should help because the forecast for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium is calling for cold and the possibility of snow.

“The field was OK for us today,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s been frozen, so it’s nice we got a chance to get out there. It was good, a little bit of mist and all that. Not quite like it’s going to be in New York, but it gives us a little bit of a taste.”

The weather should be a factor the rest of the season, with the Seahawks hosting the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field in their final two regular-season games.

“The last three games this year are all going to be weather issues most likely and into the playoffs, too,” Carroll said. “So this is a great opportunity for us to really click into that mode and do all the little things it takes to take care of the ball and the focus and emphasis.

“It’s going to be crucial down the stretch, and we have an advantage because we’ve got enough weather here that it can get us ready. So hopefully we’ll take care of that and it will benefit us.”

INJURY REPORT: ZACH MILLER, MAX UNGER FULL GO IN PRACTICE

The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:

Out

CB Brandon Browner (groin)

WR Percy Harvin (hip)

STAT DU JOUR: THE LAND OF ALMOST NO RETURNS

The fact that the Seahawks have allowed only 15 yards in punt returns this season has been well-documented. That paltry total leads the League by 66 yards over the Rams. But where does it rank all-time? Thanks to Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times for supplying the answer:

14-game season: 22, by the 1967 Packers
16-game season: 49, by the 2008 Falcons

LB K.J. Wright (foot)

Probable

WR Doug Baldwin (neck)

DE Chris Clemons (not injury related)

RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder)

TE Zach Miller (ribs)

LB Mike Morgan (knee)

CB Richard Sherman (foot)

C Max Unger (pectoral)

DT Tony McDaniel (illness)

Miller practiced for the first time this week and Unger participated fully after being limited Thursday. Carroll said both players are ready to go for Sunday’s game. McDaniel missed practice because he was ill. Clinton McDonald worked at his spot with the No. 1 defensive line.

Defensive lineman Greg Scruggs and cornerback Tharold Simon have been placed on PUP injured reserve after their window to practice expired.

For the Giants:

YOU DON'T SAY

“That was the game plan. They weren't throwing into Area 29 whatsoever.”

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, who wears No. 29, on having no passes defensed in last week's loss to the 49ers for the third consecutive game

Out

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder)

S Cooper Taylor (hamstring)

CB Corey Webster (ankle)

Probable

DT Cullen Jenkins (shin, quadriceps)

CB Terrell Thomas (knee)

SNOW BOWL: BRING IT ON

The last time the Seahawks played a game in the snow was their divisional-round playoff loss to the Bears in Chicago after the 2010 season. The forecast for Sunday’s game is 30 percent chance of snow at MetLife Stadium. But the players don’t sound concerned.

Quarterback Russell Wilson, who played his final college season at the University of Wisconsin: “I’m kind of hoping that there’s snow, to be honest with you. Playing in the snow is one of my things I’ve always kind of wanted to do. I played in it some at Wisconsin, but it was more so practice. So we never really got to play in it. So I’m looking forward to the snow.”

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, who is from Texas and played at the University of Texas: “I’ve been there before (the playoff game against the Bears), so that’s a plus. It was kind of distracting at first, but you kind of get past it. I’m glad I had an opportunity to be in that kind of environment before, so it can prepare me for this game if it does snow.”   

UP NEXT: A WALKTHROUGH WITH EASTERN EXPOSURE

The team flew to New Jersey after Friday’s midday practice at VMAC. The players’ Saturday walkthrough will be held in New Jersey, followed by a quick tour of MetLife Stadium.

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